Volunteer opportunities for the holiday break

Around this time of year we often find ourselves wanting to give to those less fortunate, whether through donating to a cause or volunteering time and work to help carry a fundraiser or charitable event.

Here are some of the organizations and ways you can help in the local com­munity.

United Way Jail and Bail

Members of the TRU community who would like to support the United Way Community Fund can do so by pledging a donation for the Jail and Bail event, which will be held on Nov. 27 at the Tournament Capital Centre. For more information on the event and how to donate visit http://www.unitedwaytnc.ca/2014/10/jail-and-bail-kamloops/ or contact the Kamloops United Way at 250-372-9933

Street Light Christmas Gala

The New Life Mission is hosting a Christmas Gala for marginalized women in the communi­ty on Dec. 18. Volunteer staff including certified hair stylists, hosts, hostesses and servers will be needed for the event. The Gala organizers are also looking for donations of Christmas deco­rations, women’s semi-formal clothing, mirrors and food for the event. For more information visit volunteer@newlifemission.com.

The Kamloops Food Bank

The Kamloops Food Bank is looking for vol­unteers to assist with preparing food hampers, serving clients, cleaning, stocking shelves and helping with pickups and deliveries. Volunteers will also be needed for a number of special events over the holidays. For more information visit www.kamloopsfoodbank.org/volunteer or call the food bank at 250-376-2252.

Snow Angels

Snow Angels is a volunteer program that provides assistance with snow removal for Ka­mloops seniors and other residents with limited mobility. The program is organized by the Se­niors Outreach Society, the city of Kamloops, Volunteer Kamloops and TRU. Volunteers can receive more information by calling 250-828- 0600 or emailing info@kamseniorsoutreach.ca.

Operation Red Nose

Operation Red Nose is a by donation desig­nated driver service looking for drivers, naviga­tors and headquarters volunteers to help provide safe rides home this holiday season. The service operates every Friday and Saturday from Nov. 28 to Dec. 27 as well as on New Year’s Eve. For more information on how to volunteer visit www.operationnezrouge.com or call 250-320- 0650.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Kamloops is looking for volunteers over 16 years of age regardless of experience and training to help with upcoming builds. Volunteers are also required for the Re­Store and for fundraising and marketing events. Donations are always welcome. For more in­formation on volunteer work or donation visit www.habitatkamloops.com or call 250-314- 6783.